November 13th, 2018


Hello. It's Me.

Back in high school I attended a party at a friends house and the song that got everybody dancing was "Bang the Drum All Day" from Todd Rundgren who had just put out the album "The Ever Popular Tortured Artist Effect." I immediately went out and bought it as the local prog-rock station had also been playing the song "Influenza" which I also really liked. When I got to college I bought Rundgren's seminal album "Something, Anything" which included his biggest hit, the subject of this post. Later I bought "The Hermit of Mink Hollow" which included the hit "Can We Still Be Friends" (later used in the "Vanilla Sky" soundtrack). I also bought a few albums by Utopia which was his rock band. So you can imagine my glee when I found out that Rundgren would be appearing in ABQ at a small venue. I scored some 8th row dead-center tix and the rest was musical bliss. The name of the tour was "unpredictable" because he and his band would play some hits as well as a lot of random covers. So while we heard the songs I had already mentioned he also veered into diverse territory such as The Captain and Tennille's "Muskrat Love" to Weezer's "Hash Pipe." It's no wonder he's currently nominated for the Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fame. He is a master of pop with his solo stuff, a rocker with his Utopia stuff, a producer for albums by Meat Loaf and The Tubes, and an accomplished songwriter. It was a terrific 2-hour show. I even got a laugh from him when during a break people started shouting out song titles. He informed the audience that it was his policy not to play songs if people shouted out song titles to which I immediately shouted out "Free Bird!" He chuckled and said that they would not be performing their 9-minute version of "Free Bird." And unfortunately he also did not play "Bang the Drum."